Video & Animation (Explainer) Tools

Last updated: August 29, 2017 at 20:25 pm

Tools used to create and host videos and animations. In alphabetical order.

mysimpleshow is an online video-maker tool that allows users to create explainer videos. The tool transforms any text into a video in minutes.
Cost: Free. Premium versions available. | Available: Hosted


award-128Adobe After Effects
Create incredible motion graphics and visual effects.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Download
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2016: 121  See more at

award-128Adobe Animate
Edge Animate lets web designers create interactive HTML animations for web, digital publishing, rich media advertising and more, reaching both desktop and mobile browsers with ease.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Download
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2016: 127  See more at

Adobe Flash
Flash from Adobe lets you create powerful and engaging animations.  Flash ActionScript provides even more functionality.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Download

award-128Adobe Premiere Pro
Lets you capture, edit, and deliver video to the web, and mobile devices.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Download
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2016: 116  See more at

Stunning HTML5 animation – no coding required.
Cost: Free and premium versions  |  Available: Hosted

Anime Studio Pro
The all-in-one animation tool for professionals and digital artists.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Download

Animoto lets you turn your photos, video clips, and music into videos to share with everyone.
Cost:  Free  |  Available: Hosted
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2016: 115  See more at

Audio Acrobat
Create your audio + video, select a feature and magic happens with us!
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Download

Avidemux is a free video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Download

Broadcast live using your mobile device or webcam. Share to your blog or favourite social network Interact with your viewers
Cost: Free and premium versions  |  Available: Hosted

Simplifying delivery of video to every destination and device.
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Hosted

Powerful 2D and facial animation.
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Download

Cyberlink PowerDirector
Fast and flexible video editing
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Download

EDpuzzle lets you take any video off the web, edit it, add notes and questions for students, and create virtual classrooms where you can monitor student work.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Download
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2016: 81  See more at

Animation, Doodle Sketch, and Motion Video Creation Software.
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Download
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2016: 157  See more at

A video discussion platform that fuels #studentvoice. Instructors pose questions and students respond with short videos which can be viewed by all students.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial for instructors. Free for students. Available: Hosted/Download apps

Freemake Video Converter
Freemake Video Converter converts video free to AVI, MP4, WMV, MKV, DVD, MP3, iPad, iPhone, PSP, Xbox, Android phones.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Download

GoAnimate is an easy-to-use tool to create professional animated videos.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Download
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2016: 89  See more at

HandBrake is a tool for converting video from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Download

HummingbirdShare is a multimedia knowledge base, designed to capture and access the expertise in your company.
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Hosted

iMovie  makes viewing and working with video as easy as enjoying your photos. A built-in library automatically organizes all the clips you’ve captured and movies you’ve created.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Download (for Macs)
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2016: 69  See more at

Kaltura’s mission is to power any video experience.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Hosted/Installed
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2016: 155  See more at

Online Movie Maker and Video Editor
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Hosted

The world’s #1 live video platform powers 4,000,000 events each year.
Cost:  Commercial  |  Available: Hosted

Media Semantics
The Character Builder is a media authoring tool that installs on your PC and lets you generate unlimited, royalty-free materials in HTML5, Flash, video, and mobile formats.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Hosted

Press ‘Stream’, and instantly live stream video from your phone to everywhere
Cost: Free  |  Available: Download app

Mixcraft is The Musician’s DAW – the ideal application for creating professional quality songs, mixes, and videos with ease.
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Download

Easily create animated videos and presentations.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Download
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2016: 156  See more at

Windows Movie Maker makes home movies amazingly fun. With Movie Maker  you can create, edit, and share your home movies right on your computer.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Download
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2016: 787  See more at

With nawmal you can create your own movies in minutes
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Download

award-128Office Mix
From Microsoft, a free PowerPoint app to create interactive lessons.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Download for PCs only
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2016: 42 See more at

Panopto is the only video platform that provides businesses and universities with integrated video recording, live streaming, video management, and inside-video search.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Installed

Live stream from your phone.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Download app
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2016: 165 See more at

Pinnacle Studio
Video editing software.
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Download

Everything you need to get started. Record audio & video directly In your web browser.
Cost: Commercial |  Available: Hosted

PowToon is an online software tool that allows you to create animated video explainers – for business or education.
Cost: Free and premium versions  |  Available: Hosted
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2016: 22  See more at

Qumu provides a comprehensive platform for capturing video, automating secure streaming and downloading, simplifying its management and maintaining its complete control.
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Hosted

Renderforest provides free tools for creating professional intros, animations, slideshows and music visualizations in minutes.
Cost: Free. Charge for video exported without watermark/in high quality   |  Available: Hosted

SchoolTube is the nation’s largest K-12 moderated video sharing platform, specifically designed for students and educators – exclusively endorsed by over twenty national education associations.
Cost: Free |  Available: Hosted

Create a speaking avatar for your website.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Download

StudioRack is a modular live audio and video production system for the Windows O.S., intended for the more demanding podcaster, audio and video producers, DJ’s, radio stations, tv stations etc.
Cost: Free |  Available: Download

A simple Flash to HTML5 converter that helps make SWF files available to a larger audience.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted

SWiSH Max4
Advanced Flash Creation Tool For The Graphic Artist Or Web Professional.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Download

TeacherTube provides a more educationally focused, safe venue for teachers, schools, and home learners.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted

TeachOutLoud is a service which allows you to publish and sell your audio and video learning content.
Cost:  Free  |  Available: Hosted

TEDTalks & TED Edaward-128
TED is a non-profit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading – annual conferences, the annual TED Prize and local TEDx events. TED Ed is a tool to create lessons around TED Talks and other videos.
Cost:  Free  |  Available: Hosted
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2016: 21  See more at

Automatically captures, stores and indexes every lecture on campus.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Download/Hosted

ThingLink is an interactive media platform that empowers publishers, educators, brands, and bloggers to create more engaging content by adding rich media links to photos and videos.
Cost:  Free  |  Available: Hosted
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2016: 90  See more at

Online video streaming at scale. Secure video sharing for teams and enterprises
Cost:  Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Hosted

Publish video+slides presentation, support playback in browser, mobile, and iPad.
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Hosted

Vialogies = video+ dialogues, Vialogues allow for meaningful and dynamic time-stamped discussions about videos.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted

Video editing software anyone can use
Cost: Free  |  Available: Download

Videora Converter is a free video converter that converts video files, YouTube videos, movies and DVD’s so you can play them on your video playing device.
Cost: Free |  Available: Hosted

Videoscribe lets you create your own whiteboard-style animations with no design or technical know-how
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Download
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2016: 78  See more at

Live & On-Demand Video Streaming Solutions That Fit Your Need.
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Hosted

Vimeo is a video-sharing website where users can upload, view and share videos.
Cost: Free and premium versions |  Available: Hosted
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2016: 75  See more at

Create 6 second videos
Cost: Free | Available: Download app

Share and stream immersive video on the web and across our suite of mobile and VR apps.
Cost: Free | Available: Download app
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2016: 166 See more at

Private, secure video hosting for businesses.
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Hosted

WebPod Studio
WebPod Studio is the World’s Leading Podcast Software that produces both audio and video podcasts.
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Download

Simple to use video editor. Can be downloaded to google drive, can have private or public. Easy to login with Google.
Cost: Free and premium versions  |  Available: Hosted
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2016: 161 See more at

Make professional videos in minutes.
Cost: Free and premium versions  |  Available: Download

A key learning resource and a place for anyone to share their own video content.
Cost: Free   |  Available: Hosted
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2016: 1 See more at

Turn online videos into interactive learning experiences that engage students and deepen understanding.
Cost: Free and premium versions  |  Available: Hosted

If YouTube and PowerPoint had a baby… it would be Zentation.
Cost: Free and premium versions  |  Available: Hosted